December 15, 2007
ahh - summer '85. never before, and never again would the "what would they play next" factor loom so large; the band was capable of pulling out any tune at any time. while the best music had clearly passed us by, summer '85 will always be remembered as a truly rewarding tour.
very nice matrix quality here. technical issues hinder the 1st set to a minor degree.
rather standard versions of Dancin, West LA, and CC Rider open the show; a very soulful, very good Peggy-O next, followed by a decent Bucket. after a brief bout of stage banter while the sound issues are worked on, the very nice Keep On Growing emerges. while a bit sloppy, this premier worked well; just a shame it never caught hold in the rotation. a catchy Stagger Lee next, followed by lackluster Let It Grow and a standard Deal. decent 1st set.
some very interesting crew banter opens the 2nd set recording, while a Morning Dew opens the actual set. Jer pours his heart into this one, but the tune just never kicks into high gear. a rather standard Playin next, into a nice China Doll and simple Brent jam (jam?). out of D/S comes a decent Truckin and a Pigless Smokestack. next - Jer's 85 voice sinks well into the notes of the first Comes a Time in 5 years, making the revival a huge success. a pretty good Sugar Mag follows, and as the taper of the show solemnly predicts, Day Job ends it.
rating the show with an historical perspective:
2.5 stars for quality of playing
5.0 stars for set-list
5.0 stars for quality of recording (that's taking into account the technical issues - OUTSTANDING job with the matrix)
overall: 4 stars.
December 14, 2007
Thanks for your time cleaning this show up a bit from the other sources available. Just a peach of a show all the way through. Incredible. One of Healy's finer moments before that sweet Morning Dew gets going. One of my favorite shows on the Archive.